Eliana Cardoso

Eliana Cardoso is Associate Professor of Economics at the Fletcher School of Law and Dipolomacy at Tufts University.

  • Cuba after Communism

    Cuba after Communism

    Eliana Cardoso and Ann Helwege

    In a fast-paced style that is both technically sophisticated and admirably free of economic jargon, Eliana Cardoso and Ann Helwege provide a much-needed roadmap for a peaceful and productive transition from communism to capitalism.

    As once-powerful communist rulers flee their presidential palaces and centralized economies give way to free markets, the future of Latin America's last socialist country hangs in the balance. In a fast-paced style that is both technically sophisticated and admirably free of economic jargon, Eliana Cardoso and Ann Helwege provide a much-needed roadmap for a peaceful and productive transition from communism to capitalism. They vividly depict the tough choices facing Cuba in the years ahead, proposing a series of reforms to ease Cuba through a transition to capitalism while preserving some legitimate gains - such as those in education and health care - that socialism has provided the Cuban people. The authors begin with the crux of Cuba's predicament: it is an overly centralized single-crop economy that is fast running out of money, and it can no longer depend on privileged trade relations with the former Soviet Union. In this difficult period, Cuba faces the challenge of managing an increasingly chaotic, dysfunctional economy. Is Cuba's transition to capitalism bound to yield another Haiti? Cardoso and Helwege answer with a resounding no. They begin their analysis with a fascinating history of the political roots of Cuba, from Cuban "independence" after the Spanish-American War to the rise of Castro and the development of a socialist economy. After discussing the various economic alternatives from neighboring countries - models as diverse as those of Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, and Chile - the authors present a systematic program to help Cuba prevent economic decline and political chaos, involving rapid privatization and the attraction of foreign investment - while at the same time providing safeguards against the excesses and inequalities endemic to Latin American capitalism.

    Cardoso and Helwege are authors of an undergraduate text, Latin America's Economy: Diversity, Trends, and Conflicts.

    • Hardcover $32.00 £26.00
    • Paperback $25.00 £20.00
  • Latin America's Economy

    Latin America's Economy

    Diversity, Trends, and Conflicts

    Eliana Cardoso and Ann Helwege

    This important new text provides a clear, comprehensive, and accessible overview of major economic issues facing Latin America today, including balance of payments problems, inflation, stabilization, poverty, inequality, and land reform. It captures trends and common issues and at the same time illustrates the diversity of national experiences.

    Each chapter centers around an economic problem from such new topics as debt to more enduring issues like poverty and agrarian reform—and presents major economic theories on the causes and solutions to the problem. Complex equations and formulas are omitted; instead, the discussion focuses on the underlying logic of contending policy prescriptions. Cardoso and Helwege provide numerous cross-country examples and tables to demonstrate how individual countries are affected differently by economic trends or policies, gradually building a sense of the complexity of the Latin American economy and the policy implications behind economic solutions. Chapters also include helpful summaries and ideas on what the future may hold.

    • Hardcover $32.50
    • Paperback $40.00 £32.00